Metal Fabrication

Additive and Subtractive Capabilities for Complex Geometries


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At Boyd Corporation, we complement our polymer forming and precision converting with metal fabrication capabilities to develop comprehensive sealing, thermal, and protection solutions. Through our Thermal Division, Aavid, Boyd has a long history in innovative metal science solutions, including the development and commercialization of two-phase cooling technologies such as Ultra-Thin Vapor Chambers and complex Heat Pipe assemblies. Boyd utilizes our metal and material science expertise to design and manufacture advanced cooling systems such as heat exchangers, recirculating chillers, aluminum-die cast enclosures, and encapsulated graphite enclosures, chassis, and thermal straps. Our broad array of metal fabrication technologies enable us to prototype and manufacture complex, multifunctional metal assemblies to meet your demanding application requirements.

Boyd’s approach to custom metal solution design begins with working to understand our customers’ performance needs, challenges, dimensional constraints, and other requirements and aligning these needs with manufacturable and scalable solutions. Boyd hosts a global team of over 300 engineers that work closely with our customers to design optimized solutions and streamline production methods. Our engineers span a diverse range of fields including thermal, electrical, mechanical, manufacturing, and chemical engineering.

As with all our products, Boyd is dedicated to ensuring the quality of our metal science solutions. Quality management systems span ISO9001 to AS9100, TS16949 and ISO13485 as well as environmental management systems certified to ISO14001. Solutions also go through rigorous testing and validation for performance assurance to confirm that our solutions meet or exceed your requirements with fully equipped quality laboratories, externally certified G, D&T quality technicians and various tools for process qualification like CPK analysis, FAI submittal, customer/product specific traceability, Gage R&R study/analysis and MiniTab software.

Progressive Punch Machine stamping a zipper fin stack

Solutions:

3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing

Boyd is on the leading edge of 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing for designing, rapid prototyping, and producing complex, metal-based solutions such as heat pipes, vapor chambers, liquid cold plates, heat exchangers, and heat sinks in unique geometries that are difficult to produce with traditional manufacturing methods.

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CNC Machined Aluminum for lightweight, rugged, thermal performance

Machining

Boyd’s high speed CNC machining enables us to fabricate detailed and customized geometries to meet your exacting application requirements including milling, flycutting, skiving, and friction stir welding (FSW) for products such as liquid cold plates and heat sinks.

Liquid Cooled Enclosure for cooling and protecting electronic cards

Brazing & Soldering

To integrate components into multifunctional and complex assemblies, Boyd employs in-house brazing and soldering capabilities such as vacuum brazing, salt bath dip brazing, controlled atmosphere brazing, and solder ovens to fabricate complete solutions.

Welded Liquid to Liquid Heat Exchanger with Ports

Welding

For more complex geometries, our certified welders are experienced in fabricating structural and thermal assemblies for a broad range of industries, including aerospace and defense applications.

Die Cast Liquid Cooling Manifold with Thread details

Die Casting

In-house aluminum die casting enables Boyd to create structural and thermal management castings for small to large scale components with complex geometries in high volumes.

Copper Zipper Fin Stack for Increased Heat Transfer in Air Cooled Heat Sinks

Stamping

Stamping produces complex geometries from sheet metal for enclosures or additional surface area for heat dissipation. In-house progressive stampings fabricate board level device heat sinks and zipper fin stacks for heat sink assemblies.

Specialized coatings further help customize heat sink performance

Finishing

Secondary processes such as metal finishing like anodizing, painting, and chromating protect metals from corrosive environments and improve thermal performance with increased thermal radiation.

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